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VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200805514-BG: Update to VMware-esx-drivers-net-e1000 (1004650)

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Release Date: 03 JUNE 2008
Document Last Updated: 03 JUNE 2008


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Product Versions ESX Server 3.5
Patch Classification Critical
Supersedes ESX350-200804406-BG
Requires ESX350-200805502-BG
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot Required Yes
ESX Server Host Reboot Required Yes
PRs Fixed 239902
Affected Hardware Intel PRO/1000 GT and MT NICs
Affected Software N/A
RPMs Included


Related CVE numbers None



This patch fixes an issue where concurrent read or write operations to e1000 EEPROM might cause network adapter cards to stop working. The EEPROM is used to store MAC addresses and other data needed for NIC operation. (PR 239902)


Intel PRO/1000 GT or MT dual-port network adapter cards stop working after rebooting the host with the following error logged to /var/log/vmkernel:

e1000_probe: The EEPROM Checksum Is Not Valid

Deployment Considerations

None beyond the required patch bundles and reboot information listed in the table, above.

Patch Download and Installation

See the VMware Update Manager Administration Guide for instructions on using Update Manager to download and install patches to automatically update ESX Server 3.5 hosts.

To update ESX Server 3.5 hosts when not using Update Manager, download the most recent patch bundle from and install the bundle using esxupdate from the command line of the host. For more information, see the ESX Server 3 Patch Management Guide.

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